We were blown away as soon as we walked into Kerry Sports, at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila. We knew at that point that all kilos we had put on eating our way through the Philippines, could be burned off using all the fitness and training options available.
At Authentic Food Quest, we aim to highlight the authentic dishes from around the world and inspire you to travel through authentic food. That means, eating while traveling. Over time, we have found, that traveling and eating the local food specialties does not have to mean stacking on the kilos.
Healthy eating and maintaining your workout when traveling is possible and we look for simple ways to stay fit. The easiest way for us to burn off the calories is by running. This simple form of exercise requires no equipment, besides a pair of running shoes, a sports bra (for women) and a running outfit.
Running also gives you the added bonus of exploring the local area.
When we were in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, we struggled to find a great place to run and keep fit. In our previous article, how to stay fit on your travels to the Philippines,we share the challenges we faced finding green space and pollution free zones to run.
When we learned about Kerry Sports, the largest indoor lifestyle club in the Philippines, we knew we had found our answer.
Kerry Sports- The Largest Fitness Center in Manila
Kerry Sports is not only the largest fitness center in Manila it is also the largest indoor sports center in the Philippines. It is located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila.
With over 8,000 sq.m (or 86,000 sq.ft), you will find a variety of fitness options for all ages and fitness levels.
Notably, there is an NBA certified basketball court, for the most popular sport in the Philippines. Kobe Bryant, 5-time NBA champion played at the Kerry Sports Center, Shangri-La earlier in June 2016.
To target different muscle groups, Kerry Sports has several training zones to choose from. There is cardio zone featuring the latest in treadmills, cross trainers, upright and recumbent bikes.
You will find a boxing zone, for the ultimate boxing training system.
The free weights zone features the latest selection of dumbbells, barbells, kettleballs, squat racks and more.
Interspersed within all the equipment are zones dedicated to working the core. You will find the latest in abdominal and lower back equipement including, Ab coaster, Bosu Leg raise machines and more.
In addition, you will find dedicated studios for group classes such as Yoga, Spin, Pilates, Squash and more. Tennis lovers can play with a Kerry Sports trainer and improve their game in the outdoor covered courts.
SYNRGY 360 Class
We had never heard of Synrgy 360 before and were intrigued, yet intimated by the huge apparatus with several workout modules. The friendly Kerry Sports trainer put us at ease while demonstrating each workout.
This innovative system combines a variety of dynamic exercises targeting different muscle groups. In a small group of six, we pushed ourselves for about one hour using a non-traditional equipment such as ropes and tires.
The Pool at Kerry Sports
To stay cool in the hot and humid temperatures in Manila, the pool at the Shangri-La is a great place to escape the heat. This half-Olympic, 25-meter outdoor lap pool is large enough for a serious calorie burning workout.
Surrounding the pool area are private cabanas, with comfortable furnishings that you can spin around give you more or less sunlight. You can transform your private cabana into a relaxing space after your workout.
The staff attendants are incredibly helpful and are on hand to give towels, food, snacks and constantly replenish your drinking water.
On the swimming pool level, you will find the Upper Deck restaurant where you can lunch or dine by the pool. You have options from guilt-free salads all the way to delicious burgers and fries.
We enjoyed a lazy afternoon relaxing by the pool after the strenuous Synrgy 360 class that morning. Breathing in the fresh air and appreciating the silence, was a needed respite from the hectic pace of Manila City.
Pumping to music and pushing yourself to new challenges is what you will get from a Spin class at Kerry Sports. The instructor will “push” you through hills, sprints and endurance rides, with music pumping to get you going.
This class is accessible and depending on your fitness level, you can choose to push hard or go at your own pace.
To relax your tired muscles, Kerry Sports has relaxation rooms attached to the men and women’s locker rooms. This includes a steam room, sauna and vitality pool.
After the challenging spin class, we took the time to relax the muscles and improve the circulation of our tired muscles in the steam and sauna rooms. Our favorite part was the vitality pool. This little pool is equipped with air and water jets that leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated.
A really nice and special touch!
On the morning of our departure, we started the day with a yoga class at Kerry Center. The class offered that morning was Vinyasa yoga. This was Claire’s first yoga class ever, and Rosemary’s second Vinyasa yoga class.
In a class of about 20 participants, our instructor, Anna guided the class gently, maintaining the body/spirit connection.
Rosemary who is not flexible at all, appreciated the personalized adjustments made by the instructor throughout the class. As a first timer, Claire was able to get into the flow the class, with ease.
Yoga lovers can choose from several different classes at Kerry Sports. Be sure to pick up the latest schedule from the facility.
Refreshments at Kerry Sports
If hunger hits while working out at the gym, Kerry Sprouts Café has you covered. This health and fitness oriented cafe has protein shakes, fresh fruits, healthy salads and snacks to keep you going.
One treat that we enjoyed at Kerry Sports was the bar of flavored waters.
To keep you drinking water and staying hydrated, you can choose from different types of flavored waters. You will find exciting flavors like: mint and cucumber, pineapple and orange and grapefruit, lemon electrolytes.
One of the many reasons to drink your water while exercising 🙂
Other Amenities at Kerry Sports: The Spa and Adventure Zone
The Spa at Kerry Sports
For your own private relaxation space, The Spa at Kerry Sports, offers a variety of holistic spa treatments to help you restore and recharge.
You can choose from restorative massages to skin care and body treatments inspired by traditional Filipino techniques. We did not have the chance to experience the urban spa, but you can find out more about the services and prices offered here.
If you are traveling with children, you will be pleased to discover the Adventure Zone. This multi-level playground is designed to exhilarate children of all ages. You will find a Toddler Zone for children under 4 years of age.
And for those with older children, there is a Game Zone with activities, board games, arts & crafts and digital games to stimulate the creativity for those between 5 years to 12 years of age.
How to Access Kerry Sports
The best way to enjoy the Kerry Sports is to be a guest at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila. As a guest, you have access to the fitness center and can exercise and unwind at the expansive two-floor lifestyle club.
If you are curious about the rooms, see this is a sneak-peak video below. This video is shot in 360, which allows you to use your mouse to scroll around and get a taste of the luxury that awaits you.
360 Video of Deluxe Room at the Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila
If you are interested in becoming a member of Kerry Sports, you will have unlimited access to the facility, including group classes, fitness equipment, and the swimming pool. For more information about the membership rates, click here for the details.
Unfortunately, Kerry Sports does not offer day passes. However, members can bring guests along with them for an additional PHP 1,000 (approx $20.13 USD) for a full-day experience.
Spending the day at Kerry Sports goes beyond simply a day at the gym. This is really a destination where you can spend all day in a ‘private oasis’ in the middle of Manila. With all the indoor and outdoor fitness and relaxation options, you can really find your own space at Kerry Sports.
If your travels take you to the Philippines, staying fit does not have to be complicated. You don’t have to abandon your fitness routine. Simply book your stay at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, and make Kerry Sports your fitness partner.
At the largest sports center in the Philippines, you will find everything you need to keep you and your family fit and entertained.
- Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, 1634 Metro Manila
- Kerry Sports, Manila, Level 5-6, 3rd Avenue cor. 30th Street, West Crescent Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, 1634 Metro Manila.
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Rosemary is a writer, culinary explorer, and digital nomad. Together with her partner, Claire, they created Authentic Food Quest to help people find the best local food on their travels. For over 5 years they have eaten their way through South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America while sharing the best local food experiences on their website. Authentic Food Quest has been featured on top publications such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Honest Cooking. Rosemary and Claire are also authors of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon. Prior to creating Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary worked as a strategy director in advertising for over 15 years.